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Nothing But Pleasure (1940)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  19 January 1940 (USA)
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To save money, Buster and his wife decide to drive to Detroit to buy a new car, then drive it home.



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Credited cast:
Clarence Plunkett
Dorothy Appleby ...
Mrs. Plunkett
Beatrice Blinn ...
An intoxicated woman
Gangster at Cozy Auto Court
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Snacking Bus Rider
Charles Dorety ...
Roadside Workman
Johnny Kascier ...
Man on Ladder
John Rand ...
Addison Randall ...
(as Jack Randall)
Dorothy Vernon ...
Snoring Bus Rider


Penelope Plunkett wants her husband to keep their old car and use their savings to buy a house, but her husband Clarence has a better idea: sell the car, take a bus trip to Detroit, buy a new car there, and still have money left over for a romantic road trip home. It will be nothing but pleasure, he promises her. Can Clarence deliver on his promise? Written by <>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

19 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Niente tranne il piacere  »

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1.37 : 1
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Another sad outing for Keaton
8 February 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the great Buster Keaton was out of work and in desperate need for money so he made a string of forgettable short films for Columbia Pictures. Although he was a comic genius during the silent era, his career in sound movies was mostly horrible due to the industry's unwillingness to simply let him do what he did best and they insisted in trying to force him into uncomfortable molds that just didn't work. Sadly, because Keaton was lousy with money, he was so hard up for cash and unwilling to balk with the studios that he made some dreadful film and TV appearances that probably made him ashamed to look in the mirror. This is a stark contrast to Chaplin and Lloyd who made far fewer sound films but chose them much better. Plus, they knew when to walk away and retain much of their dignity. This is particularly true of Harold Lloyd, who never would have appeared in American-International movies such as BEACH BLANKET BINGO or a particularly wretched episode of "The Twilight Zone" like Keaton did.

As for the Columbia shorts, they were directed and produced by Jules White who was also responsible for the Three Stooges shorts. This is very, very obvious when you watch the Keaton shorts as the plots look indiscernible from the Stooges' films--with the same gags, sound effects and style. In fact, in some cases, Keaton does the same plots the Stooges had first done and this isn't surprising. That's because Columbia OFTEN repeated plots and many of the Stooges' later shorts for the studio are remakes of their earlier films! While Stooges die-hards might excuse this and think ALL of their films are gems, this is definitely NOT true--the remakes are definite duds. As for Keaton fans (and I am definitely one--having seen more of his silent films than practically anyone on the planet), they will also usually admit that his sound films were pretty poor and the Columbia films were at best passable entertainment. Plus, the Stooges' style is a horrible thing to try to fit the great Keaton into. It's akin to putting Greta Garbo in a Marx Brothers film!!! Buster has a plan. He and his wife will sell their old car, take a bus to Detroit, buy a new car and drive it home. Apparently in the old days, cars must have been cheaper when buying at the source. However, this "simple" plan as he called it turned out to be absolutely nothing of the kind, as one problem after another occur during their trip. And, in the process, their new car is eventually destroyed.

This poor outing is unfortunately one of the better Columbia films for Keaton. There are actually one or two funny bits and it's a bit more original than some of the other plots he did for the studio. Still, when there is so much talking and little physical humor in a Buster Keaton film, you know you're in for a rather dull ride.

Watchable and not particularly offensive and nothing like the Keaton of the silent era.

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